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Coming @ You

Random thoughts on punctuation and other typography   (image: p.116 of ascii64 The @ Book, by Patrick Sneyd)   '<dd>Common: at sign; at; strudel. Rare: ear; vortex; whorl; [whirlpool]; cyclone; snail; ape; cat; rose; cabbage; ...

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Rise of the Machines

(image: http://bit.ly/1qqjlEB)   As an 11-year-old boy in 1982 and the proud owner of a Casio J-100 digital watch – the cutting-edge of inoperable wrist-based LCD technology at that time – Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was a revelation to ...

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Editing on the Front Line

Mightier than the sword? (image: http://bit.ly/1xExFxe)   'When the world blows up and the final edition has gone to press the proof-readers will quietly gather up all commas, semicolons, hyphens, asterisks, brackets, parenthesis, periods, ...

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Write a Better Book Blurb

The word 'blurb' was coined in 1907 by Gelett Burgess (image: http://1.usa.gov/1lR3pZA)     'Blurb 1. A flamboyant advertisement; an inspired testimonial. 2. Fulsome praise; a sound like a publisher... On the "jacket" of the ...

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Sign of the Times

Random thoughts on punctuation and other typography     Jim Thorpe, hashtag daddy (image: bit.ly/1iptbss) Before twitter formally adopted the hash symbol in July 2009, this typological obscurity was the subject of much mystery. Unlike every ...

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Ampersand Addict

Random thoughts on punctuation and other typography An ampersand addict faces her cold turkey (image: http://bit.ly/UcIASG)     ‘It is one of the worst things about our detestable time that this ancient… thing “ampersand” is ...